Gabby by Gabrielle Giffords


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Giffords herself, in simple, coherent language, provides a final page about her ongoing recovery to conclude this picture of a victorious human spirit.
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From one of the most admired and beloved couples in recent American history, an extraordinarily moving story of public service, risk-taking, romance—and the journey toward recovery. This book delivers hope and redemption in the face of the tragic shooting, and introduces two unforgettable heroes.

AS INDIVIDUALS, CONGRESSWOMAN GABRIELLE GIFFORDS and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, showed Americans how optimism, an adventurous spirit, and a call to service can help change the world. As a couple, they became a national example of the healing power to be found in deeply shared love and courage. Their arrival in the world spotlight came under the worst of circumstances. On January 8, 2011, while meeting with her constituents in Tucson, Arizona, Gabby was the victim of an assassination attempt that left six people dead and thirteen wounded. Gabby was shot in the head; doctors called her survival “miraculous.”

As the nation grieved and sought to understand the attack, Gabby remained in private, focused on her against-all-odds recovery. Mark spent every possible moment by her side, as he also prepared for his final mission as commander of space shuttle Endeavour.

Now, as Gabby’s health continues to improve, the couple is sharing their remarkable untold story. Intimate, inspiring, and unforgettably moving, Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope provides an unflinching look at the overwhelming challenges of brain injury, the painstaking process of learning to communicate again, and the responsibilities that fall to a loving spouse who wants the best possible treatment for his wife. Told in Mark’s voice and from Gabby’s heart, the book also chronicles the lives that brought these two extraordinary people together—their humor, their ambitions, their sense of duty, their long-distance marriage, and their desire for family.

Gabby and Mark made a pledge to tell their account as honestly as possible, and they have done so in riveting detail. Both Gabby and Mark have lived large public lives, but this book takes readers behind many closed doors—from the flight deck of the space shuttle to the cloakrooms of Congress to the hospital wards where Gabby struggled to reclaim herself with the help of formidable medical teams and devoted family and friends.

Questions are answered with unvarnished candor. How do Gabby and Mark feel about the angry political discourse that was swirling in America at the time of the shooting, and that remains prevalent today? How do they see government living up to the highest possible ideals? And how do they understand and mourn the loss of the people who did not survive that day? Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope is a reminder of the power of true grit, the patience needed to overcome unimaginable obstacles, and the transcendence of love. In the story of Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly, we all can see the best in ourselves. As Mark and Gabby’s friends have said: “The two of them are America as we dream it can be.”

About Gabrielle Giffords

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Gabrielle Giffords represented Arizona’s 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2007 until 2012. A graduate of Scripps College, she has a Masters degree from Cornell University. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico and a fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Mark Kelly was a Captain in the United States Navy when he commanded the final mission of Space Shuttle Endeavour in May of 2011. A veteran of four space flights to the International Space Station he is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy and holds a masters degree from the U.S. Naval Post Graduate School. Jeffrey Zaslow (1958-2012) was most recently the author of The Magic Room. His other books include The Girl from Ames and, as coauthor of The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.
Published November 15, 2011 by Scribner. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, History. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Dec 01 2011

There are many moments that don’t seem to have a place except as filler, mostly having to do with Kelly’s experiences before the couple met.

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Publishers Weekly

Reviewed by Publisher's Weekly on Dec 19 2011

Giffords herself, in simple, coherent language, provides a final page about her ongoing recovery to conclude this picture of a victorious human spirit.

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Reviewed by Carole Turner on Dec 01 2011

This book is deeply personal and beautifully written, with the able assistance of Jeffrey Zaslow. It is also poignant, heartfelt and hopeful. Mark's love for Gabby jumps off every page.

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Entertainment Weekly

Reviewed by Associated Press on Nov 04 2011

The book also offers lighter moments, like when former President Bush and his wife, Barbara, visited the Texas hospital, and when Giffords recognized the picture of Schwarzenegger.

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The Hollywood Reporter

Reviewed by Andy Lewis on Nov 16 2011

While the shooting is the central event of the book, its really a love story about the relationship between Giffords and her astronaut husband, Mark Kelly.

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American Thinker

Reviewed by Elise Cooper on Nov 19 2011

The strongest part of the book is when Kelly discusses his relationship with Gabby and her struggle to overcome her injuries.

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The Space Review

Reviewed by Jeff Foust on Nov 21 2011

The book’s message is a positive one: as its subtitle states, it is indeed a “story of courage and hope”.

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Reviewed by Jason Rhian on Nov 01 2011

There are sections of the book, however, that would have served better by their exclusion. Giffords was maimed, in a horrific fashion. There are elements of the book which discuss embarrassing moments in her recovery – that should not have been included.

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Reviewed by Ghost32 on Feb 12 2012

So, Ghost, are you saying this book is worth the $26.99 you paid for the hardcover version? Yes, that's what I'm saying.

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